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Mind Renewal

31 December 2017   Speaker:  James McCoy, Youth Minister   Series:  General Topics
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Today’s Encouraging Word 

By Pastor James McCoy

Mind Renewal

Romans 12:2

 

Negative Command – “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world…”

 

Paraphrase - Stop allowing ourselves to be molded by the influence and pressures of this present world system.

 

Ø  We are to be separate from the world’s values.

 

Ø  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:15-17

 

Ø  The world’s system seeks to seduce us from our love for Christ by pleasure, passion, and position.

 

 

Positive Command - “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

 

Paraphrase - Allow God to completely change your inward thinking and outward behavior by cooperating wholeheartedly moment-by-moment with the Spirit’s renewing process.

 

Ø  Are you shaped more by the world or the word? Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:18

 

How are we Transformed? - By the renewing of our mind.

Ø  Renewing our mind is a continual refocusof a Romans 12:1 perspective – Colossians 3:1-4

Ø  Renewing our mind will always involve a battle – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Ø  Renewing our mind is a supernaturalwork of the Spirit – Romans 8:5-6

 

Summary – You are what you eat

 

Practical Methods for “Renewing Your Mind”

1. Hearing God’s Word – Romans 10:17

2. Reading God’s Word – Revelations 1:3

3. Studying God’s Word – 2 Timothy 2:15

4. Memorizing God’s Word – Psalm 119:9,11

5. Meditating on God’s Word – Joshua 1:8

 

Purpose of Transformation - To get God’s best so that we may test (by experience) that God’s will is…”

Ø  Good – lovely, attractive, beautiful, richly satisfying

Ø  Pleasing – acceptable to God and well-pleasing to us

Ø  Perfect – according to design, maximizing our fullest potential in fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives

 

A Tool for Transformation – The “2PROAPT” method

 

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

We all struggle with the world’s system seeking to mold our lives – where are you most vulnerable? What has helped you the most to resist temptation in your areas of weakness?

 

Is there something or someone God wants you to say “no” to as it is conforming you to the world? Is there something God wants you to say “yes” to so your mind can be renewed and experience God’s best for your life?

 

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10 Questions to Consider for 2018

By Chuck Lawless

 

1. What will be my Bible reading plan for 2018?

 

 

2. What specific step will I take in the new year to love my

     family better?

 

 

3. On what non-believer(s) will I focus my prayers and

     evangelistic efforts in 2018?

 

 

4. In whom will I invest my life as a disciplemaker this next year?

 

 

5. What sin will I fight the hardest to overcome in the new year?

 

 

6. What will be my giving and saving goals for 2018?

 

 

7. When will I fast regularly next year?

 

 

8. What mission work or mission trip will I be involved with in

     2018?

 

 

9. What books will I finally read in 2018?

 

 

10. Am I committed to following God in 2018 – regardless of the

       sacrifice or cost?

 

 

HOW TO MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD

 

 

 

PRAY

Ask God to speak to you.

 

 

PREVIEW

Read through the passage quickly for an overview.

 

 

READ

Read the passage again more slowly and thoughtfully.

 

 

OBSERVE

Go back and underline key words, circle phrases that are repeated, highlight the most meaningful part of the verse to you.

 

 

APPLY

Choose one specific way to put the truth you have discovered into practice.

 

 

PRAY

Ask God for power and wisdom to follow through with your application.

 

 

TELL

Share with at least one person your new insight to God’s word and how you are applying

it in your life.



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